Michigan Tech Notches 4-2 Win At Notre Dame
Freshman forward Alex Smith posts goal and assist for Huskies

Freshman forward Alex Smith had a goal and an assist for the Huskies
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 11:56  NDM1-0 PP Bobby Nardella (5)Andrew Peeke/6, Andrew Oglevie/12
2nd 2:04  MTU1-1 EV Jake Jackson (5)Alex Smith/8
2nd 6:48  MTU2-1 EV Gavin Gould (4)Jake Lucchini/7, Shane Hanna/8
2nd 9:28  NDM2-2 EV Cam Morrison (6)Jake Evans/13, Andrew Peeke/7
3rd 4:23  MTU3-2 EV GW Mike Neville (5)Matt Roy/12
3rd 17:34  MTU4-2 EV Alex Smith (5)Reid Sturos/7, Cliff Watson/8
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Michigan Tech  0224
Notre Dame  1102
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Michigan Tech  12121034
Notre Dame  951125
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Michigan Tech (14-9-3)  0/4 4/8 0
Notre Dame (12-7-2)  1/3 5/10 0
Michigan Tech Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Angus Redmond (W, 13-4-1)60:002 841123
Notre Dame Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Cal Petersen (L, 12-7-2)59:474 1210830
Empty Net0:130     

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Michigan Tech hockey team earned a nonconference split with a 4-2 win over No. 12 Notre Dame Saturday (Jan. 7) from the Compton Family Ice Center. The Huskies improved to 14-9-3 and wrapped up nonconference play with the win, getting goals from four different players.

The Huskies scored the game's final two goals with the game-winner coming from senior Michael Neville and freshman Alex Smith scoring the insurance goal later in the third. Smith also had an assist in the second period for his third multipoint game of the season.

"It was a total team effort tonight," Tech coach Mel Pearson said. "We did a lot of little things better tonight than last night. We competed harder, won more battles along the boards, and we finally hit the net.

"For us to come in here and put a four spot up on them and get a big win on the road is good. This will give us a little confidence going into next weekend."

The two teams entered the third period knotted up at two. Neville's go-ahead goal was scored 4:23 into the final frame after he shot in a loose puck that fluttered past UND goaltender Cal Petersen's shoulder. It was Neville's second game-winner of the season and fifth tally of the season. Matt Roy assisted on the play with a blast from the point.

Tech kept pressure up after the goal, using a power play to keep the puck in the offensive zone. Joel L'Esperance peppered Petersen with three quick shots during the man advantage, including one that drew iron.

The Huskies then had to kill off a penalty, and Smith added to the lead 10 seconds after UND's power play expired, scoring on a 2-on-1 rush. He carried the puck into the zone and flipped a shot over Petersen's blocker for his fifth of the year with assists going to Reid Sturos and Cliff Watson.

Notre Dame (12-7-2) added the extra attacker for a few seconds before an icing call put him back in the net and the Huskies sealed their first win in South Bend since November 1982 with a few blocked shots.

The home team took the lead in the first period on a power play goal by Bobby Nardella 11:56 into the game.

Jake Jackson tied it up for Tech as he finished off a pass from Smith for his fifth of the year only 2:04 into the second. Smith carried it into the zone on a 2-on-1 and fed it over to Jackson who calmly chipped it up over Petersen.

Gavin Gould then gave the Huskies their first lead of the weekend with the fourth of his freshman season almost six minutes later. He carried the puck out from the corner and slipped it under Petersen after creating a scoring chances moments earlier. Jake Lucchini and Shane Hanna assisted on the play.

UND evened it up at two 9:28 into the second as Cam Morrison went 1-on-1 with his defender and fired scored far side on Angus Redmond.

Neville had a chance to take the lead late in the second when he made a move to get Petersen out of his net but couldn't get a shot off into the open cage.

Tech outshot UND 34-25, taking 12 shots in each of the first two periods. Redmond finished with 23 saves for the second night in a row. Petersen stopped 30 shots for the home team.

The Huskies return home for two WCHA series in a row, beginning against the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves next weekend (Jan. 13-14).

"I'm looking forward to getting some home games and we have a good Alaska Anchorage team coming in," said Pearson.

Tech won and tied with the Seawolves in November up in Anchorage. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. both nights from the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.